James MacArdell

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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MacArdell, James, said to have been "the most skilful mezzotinto portrait engraver of his day," was born in Dublin about 1710. Early in life he removed to London. The number of his engravings (mostly portraits of distinguished persons from the principal painters of the time) is considerable. He executed plates from paintings by Vandyck, Murillo, and Rembrandt, some of which are declared by Ryan to have been extremely fine. He died in London, 2nd June 1765.

Sources

110. Dublin, History of the City: John T. Gilbert. 3 vols. Dublin, 1854-'9.

349. Worthies of Ireland, Biographical Dictionary of the: Richard Ryan. 2 vols. London, 1821. Wyse, Thomas, see No. 73.

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